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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
76
okay

516 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos, California have a shared passion for a variety of things, not the least of which is the wild Belgian yeast brettanomyces. So they decided to join forces and collaborate. Lost Abbey Collaboration is brewed simply with pale malts accompanied by Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops for a hint of citrus. Focusing on their mutual respect for the ingredient, the spotlight shines on the brettanomyces, where a full brett fermentation offers bold pineapple overtones and funky, sour edge. The beer is a shining, golden shade and is warming and dry.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-28-2012)
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Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +20.8%

OregonGrown7, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer since August. It is time for the Brett to move on (down my throat).

The beer is golden in color with a lot of particulates floating in it. There is about two fingers of foam that stick around decently on the side of the glass.

Off the top I get some decent fruitiness. I pick up some pineapple and a decent amount of funkiness. The flavor continues the funk and there is some metallic. This is a challenging flavor with some balance issues.

ummswimmin, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -9.4%

oriolesfan4, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like horse blanket and wet cardboard, with some apricot and spicy Belgian yeast and bread crust.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and unripe apricot and bread crust, with some horse blanket and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a musty aftertaste that was a bit tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a decent representation of brett, but not complex or delicious at all. The scent and taste were uninspired, although the body was nice. The finish was smooth enough, but not entirely clean. Maybe age would help, but fresh was not very exciting.

Pencible, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +20.8%

SonOfKyuss, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ChugginOil
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

ChugginOil, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair brew, rather sweet and pleasing, but well short of brett and anything remarkable. A totally skippable collaboration.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Red and blue stained glass like pattern illustrating the bottle . Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale amber pour with a good frothy head, good retention and surface memory with fair touches of lacing.

S - Fruity, sweet, tropical notes...

T - …which flow in the palate. The tropical sweetness predominates. This is ok, unexpected, but nice, where is the brett? Bready and malty with almost no sense of funk under that pineapple and mango sweet lick.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a fair smoothness unable to do much with the monochord sense.

O - Not anywhere near what one might expect of such a brew or collab. Drinkable sure… but...

Notes: All right, while nothing to blow the senses theses guys can do better (and worse). This is not a waste of money but with this quality it is not going to pick up in the name of the brewers alone. Pretty blah…

Original notes from a bottle tasting upon the release. More recently compared to a social tasting of the ale and while drinkable the impression does not change much...

Daniellobo, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with some light orange highlights, light to moderate amounts of white and black sediment, and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy and sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small thick patch of medium sized bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of funky hay aromas with fruity notes (pineapple, pear, apple, and lemon/citrus), and just a hint of clove. Just a touch of earthiness.

T: The beer starts out with a light amount of pale malts which is quickly followed by light to moderate amounts of light fruits (pineapple, pear, and lemon zest). There is a light amount of hay, barnyard funk, and yeastiness towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness and alcohol in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of acidity, alcohol heat, and dryness.

O: Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed in this beer - it is called Brett beer and it lacks much of the Brett flavor and aroma I was expecting. It was a little heavier in the mouthfeel than I was expecting, I wanted a little more acidity and dryness.

dbrauneis, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -9.4%

avisong, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

With the brewers of La Folie and Supplication coming together for a collaborative effort, what could possibly go wrong, right?

And its with a heavy yeasty goldenrod pour, the beer carries an aesthetic weight with its medium murk. A creamy white froth blankets the beer in liquefied fashion that lessens as the carbonation subsides and the acidity takes hold. With no surprise with these funky ales, only isolated islands of lace could be found early before the foam character collapses.

Mid-stream aromas start out semi-tart and firmly earthy. The tangy scent of dried fruit captivates the nose and then settles it with musty, dusty woods, yeasty dough, and saddle leather. And with only moderate acidity, the raw aroma of whole grain bread and damp earth is largely unsupported.

In similar fashion, the heavy bread taste is rich with vegemite, cookie dough, and weathered wood. Medium tartness bring about modest wine-like tartness that makes cameo appearances through the rich bready taste. Dried limes, crab apple, and peppered woods offer little complexity above the bread and yeast. Little in the way of hop character, the yeast and malts are left to battle out the balance that largely remains unresolved.

Its rich taste is also reflected in body. Not that it is a rich beer, but when highly acidic and dry ale is expected, then even medium-bodied beers seem heavy. And that's exactly how this beer plays out on the palate sensations. A turn to finish reveals only slim wine-like acidity and light alcohol warmth that leaves the mouth wanting more.

A lot like Sierra Nevada's collaboration brew with Russian River- Brux, the beer turns out young, unresolved, and immature. Where that beer may very well may mature gracefully for years, I'm somewhat less hopeful for this collaborative effort.

BEERchitect, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

jsanford, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +20.8%

mbs11, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -39.6%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
3/5  rDev -9.4%

laxer8811, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thick off white head that last and last and a gentle sea of carbonation.

S- The cooked corn aroma has a note of fresh cream but takes on a cooked lettuce aroma in the finish. There is a soft raw wet grain aroma that fade as the beer opens.

T- the soft cooked corn note has a mineral taste to it wit a soft dry hop bite that blends in in the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a gentle fizz

O- I really love brett that comes through in aged beers but this one has to much cooked corn and blended with a hop bite makes it interesting to drink but hard to swallow.

rhoadsrage, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

atoulouk, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.13/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice and dense, it sticks around quite awhile and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is mostly light grains with a touch of honey. Im not entirely sure brettanomyces would be the first thing to come to mind if I drank this blind. It mostly just smells like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Taste is too much sweet malt and not nearly enough brett. The honeyed grains are cloying even, and where the hell are the hops? It is like the brewers just completely forgot to add any bittering cones at all. The alcohol is surprisingly rough too, at 7.5% it attacks more like a 9 or 10%er. I dont think I have been a fan of any of the LoF series that is not a sour, this one is no exception. Yuk…nearing drain pour status.

twiggamortis420, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: single finger head with good lacing on a cloudy dull golden body with floaters in it.

S: lemon custard orange peel Brett yeast, minimal spiciness.

T: coriander, yeast, lemon custard, orange peel, breads, dough, floral.

M: medium creamy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is a little odd to me. It's not a terrible beer and I enjoyed the creamy feel. For what it is I liked it, not sorry but nice degree of yeast and funk.

kylehay2004, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pineapple, clove, lemon, and lemongrass.

T - A thick, wheat flavor up front with some lemon and orange in the middle. Finishes with clove, vanilla, pineapple and orange creamsicle.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the spicy hops and brett work nicely together and make for an interesting, saison like experience.

nickfl, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

WesM63, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Brew33
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

stereosforgeeks, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 1.5-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Nice retention and some great lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. I’m actually surprised by how clear this is.

S – Bready, grainy malt, lemongrass (I’m assuming that’s the Sorachi Ace hops), and a bit of mustiness from the Brett. This smells nice, but it doesn’t have the rush of barnyard funk that I was expecting from a beer called “Brett Beer.”

T – Sweet bready malt and lemon esters, spicy peppery yeast, mildly bitter lemongrass hops, and a bit of earthy, musty Brett. Again, it doesn’t have as much Brett as I would have hoped.

Note: The last pour from the bottle stirred up some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and some more Brett funk reared its head. It still wasn’t as strong as I was thinking it would be, but it was definitely more apparent.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and zesty mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, dry, and funky finish. Peppery and earthy yeast dryness and spice lingers for a bit.

O – While this is tasty, it drinks more like a saison than a wild ale. It doesn’t have nearly as much Brett as I expected from a beer with that word in the name. It’s a decent beer, just not what I was expecting.

BlackBelt5112203, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Birdlegs, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of aorloski
3/5  rDev -9.4%

aorloski, Jan 16, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.